Sir Joseph Hotung, an international private investor, established the Sir Joseph Hotung Programme for Law, Human Rights and Peace Building in the Middle East at SOAS, University of London. He served on the governing bodies of SOAS, St. George’s Hospital and as a trustee of the British Museum.
Sir Joseph funded the Joseph E Hotung Gallery (Asia) at the British Museum, and serves as a trustee, life fellow and member of the Metropolitan Museum of New York City and of the Visitors’ Committee of the Freer Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. He served as a trustee of the Asia Society and a director of the East Asian History of Science Foundation.
Sir Joseph received a B.A. Cum Laude from the Catholic University of America, an LLB (external) from the University of London, an honorary Doctor of Letters degree from Hong Kong University and an honorary Doctor of Science (Economics) degree from the University of London.
Sir Joseph has been involved with many educational, cultural, governmental and charitable organizations in Hong Kong, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
Sir Joseph served as a director of HSBC Holdings plc from 1991 until 1998, as director of The Hong Kong Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited from 1991 until 1996, as director of the Hong Kong Electric Holdings Ltd., from 1984 until 1997 and as a director of China & Eastern Investment Company Ltd. from 1989 until 1998.
In Hong Kong, he served as a member of the Judicial Services Commission and the Inland Revenue Board of Review. As a member of Council of the University of Hong Kong, he chaired the Staff Terminal Benefit Scheme and also served as a member of the Finance Committee. He was a founding member of the Business School of the University of Hong Kong. Sir Joseph was also the first Chairman of the Arts Development Council in Hong Kong.
Sir Joseph was knighted by H.M. Queen Elizabeth in 1993.